Biography of George M. Murray
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

George M. Murray. - Among the successful business men of Ogdensburg, Mr. Murray is recognized as a pioneer in the automobile field, and at the present time is local representative for the Hudson and Essex cars. He is a native of Canada, born at Prescott, Ont., April 7, 1878, the son of Frank and Sarah (Scott) Murray.

Frank Murray, who died in 1908, was a native of Scotland. His wife was born at Prescott, Ont., and died in 1916. Both are buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ogdensburg. At the age of eight years Frank Murray was brought to Montreal, Canada, by his parents. He was reared and educated there and became successful as a mason contractor. Mr. Murray came to Ogdensburg in 1890, where he engaged in the same work. He was a Republican and held membership in the Methodist Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Murray the following children were born: 1. Mrs. Annie Gould, lives at Binghamton, N. Y. 2. Mrs. Winifred Lucas, lives at Phillips, Wis. She is the mother of Nick Lucas, well known banjo artist and radio entertainer. 3. Frank, lives in St. Lawrence County. 4. George M., the subject of this sketch. 5. William B., merchant, lives at Syracuse. 6. Mrs. Charles Melhinch, lives at Philadelphia. 7. Fred, lives at Washington, D. C. 8. Mrs. Mary Jane Hutchinson, who died in 1921.

George M. Murray attended the public schools of Prescott and Ogdensburg, and in early life was interested in farming. At the age of 23 years he went to Schenectady, N. Y., where he spent five years as a machinist. He then was employed in Ogdensburg for five years by the J. E. Fell Machine Company. His next position was with the International Harvester Company of America in charge of their warehouse, and in 1916 Mr. Murray became interested in the automobile business in this city as agent for the Ford Motor Car Company. He continued as their representative until 1929, and is now dealer for the Hudson and Essex cars. Mr. Murray owns two fine farms, located at Edwardsville and Gallilee, N. Y. Both are dairy farms.

In 1903 Mr. Murray was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Giffin, of Ogdensburg, the daughter of George and Belle (Pitcher) Giffin, natives of Morrowtown and Heuvelton, N. Y., respectively. The former died in 1911 and the latter died in 1915. Mr. and Mrs. Murray have a son, Howard Giffin, born in 1909. He is a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy and St. Lawrence University, class of 1931. During his college career he was manager and a member of the university debating team for three years. He is now a student at the Albany Law School.

Mr. Murray is a Republican and during 1928-29 served as alderman from the third ward. He is a prominent member of the Presbyterian Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Knights of Pythias, Kiwanis Club, and Ogdensburg Country Club.

The Murray family has an attractive summer camp on the St. Lawrence River between Ogdensburg and Morristown, where they spend much of the summer seasons fishing and hunting.


The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932

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